My Top 3 Summer Lip Products

21 Jul 2013

Now that Summer is in full swing I thought I'd share with you my 3 favourite lip products for summer. I've really gotten into my lipsticks/butters/balm stains at the moment and am loving wearing them! Sometimes they're all you need to complete an outfit and make you feel dressed up :)

First up is a new favourite: the MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Crosswires. I won't harp on about it too much, as I've just written a full review on it (here) but I love the pink toned coral shade. Its perfect for a summers day and would look great with a tan! Its also so moisturising which is great on a hot day, when you don't want your lips to dry out. It also lasts pretty well when drinking a lot - which on a summers day is essential!

Secondly is the Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti. I reviewed this back in April (here) and I'm still loving it now. Its perfect when you just want a touch of subtle colour to complete your look, and being so moisturising is great for everyday wear. Again this is quite a corally pink (have you noticed a pattern?) shade, but it definitely leads more to the orange side of coral than Crosswires does. I love that the texture of the Lip Butters means that it fades evenly on your lips throughout the day, making it easy to top-up and doesn't leave your lips looking dry.

Lastly, is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous. Revlon have been bringing out some really great lip products recently! I love love love balm stains, I love how easy they are to apply and how well they stay on the lips. If I was rich I'd buy all the Clinique Chubby Sticks - but as I don't, the Revlon dupes will keep me going for now. Once again, this is a really pretty coral shade - I think I may have an obsession! Definitely the most orange out of the three I'd say and the most moisturising on the lips. I love this for everyday wear.

Let me know what your favourite summer lip products are as I'm always interested in finding new products to love :)

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A MAC first!

17 Jul 2013

So as the title would suggest - I popped my MAC Lipstick cherry!! It was a momentous occasion and I'm SO happy to say I now finally have a MAC lipstick in my possession. Go me! Woo!

However....the day I decided to photograph the beautiful lipstick was an extremely sad day too. I hadn't used it at all yet because I wanted it to look pristine in the photos! All was going so well, as you can see from the photo above! Until.......dun dun duunn. I picked it up to swatch it on my hand and disaster struck!! It somehow fell out my hands hit my chest of drawers on the way down and landed on my carpet. :'(!! I now have a very small pink stain on my cream carpet and a wounded lipstick! It was covered in carpet fluff, and the lovely sharp angled point was no more and is instead a stubby end. It was an actual disaster moment and I had no one to share my pain with! :(

I couldn't focus very well on the lipstick - but my eyes are shining with swallowed back tears I tell you!!

Anyway, aside from the obvious trauma I experienced I actually wanted to tell you about how much I loveeee this lipstick! I have the MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Crosswires. My interest in the shade actually came about through watching EssieButton's video on her Top Five MAC Lipsticks. She was wearing Crosswires in the video and I maybe fell in love! So essentially its all her fault ;)

So being a Cremesheen formula its really nicely moisturising and it doesn't feel heavy on the lips at all. It does offer quite a bit of pigmentation though, although I'd definitely say its build-able if you wanted a sheerer look.

Its a really pretty pinky-coral shade and is great for spring/summer I think! It can definitely take you through from day to night as its not so out there that it can't be used in the day but it can definitely amp up an outfit for the evening.

As far as longevity goes, for me its worked really well. Even when the colours faded after a few hours, it doesn't cake around the edges of my lips at all. It just slowly fades and as the lipstick stains your lips from the pigmentation it looks really natural.

I'm basically a little bit in love with this colour at the moment :) Have you tried Crosswires? Or got any suggestions for a MAC lipstick to try next? :)

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My 'Must-Haves' Of The Moment

14 Jul 2013

I've noticed for the past few months or so I've been going back to these same products near enough every day. They've become holy grail items and my skin, hair and make-up has looked all the better for it! I thought I'd share them with you and give a mini-review of the products :)

First up I've been loving the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52. I originally bought the serum version, but I love this version so much more. The texture is so smooth and really glides and buffs well into your skin. It gives a medium coverage which is great for me when I don't want a heavy foundation on my skin but still want to feel like I'm covered. The tube lasts a long while, which is great as although its not going to break the bank - highstreet foundations are definitely getting pricier!

Along the same vein I'm still loving the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light 2. I really don't have any bad words to say about this concealer, and I'm sure you've heard a million people in the blogosphere raving about it too. The coverage it provides is just great for the price, and it doesn't crease at all on me.

The MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle is a product I can honestly say I've worn near enough every single day since last October when I bought it. Its the perfect highlighter, giving just the right amount of shimmer without being overpowering. I apply it using the Real Techniques contour brush and just dab it along the tops of my cheekbones. I love the way it makes your skin look in pictures, definitely my go-to for nights out. The product is so worth the money too, there's no way I'll be hitting pan anytime soon even with using it every day!

Sticking with powders, I've been obsessed with both my Sleek Rose Gold Blush and my Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy. I've raved about the Sleek blush before, and you can read my full review HERE. I think its such a beautiful colour for spring/summer and I'm sure I'll continue to get loads of use out of it. The Tarte blush has the most amazing staying power, and is such a lovely coral colour. I've got a full review of this blush coming soon :)

Moving to skincare, I've been obsessed with the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream recently and have really noticed a difference around my eyes. I've always struggled with dark circles under my eyes, and recently I noticed I was getting small white blemishes too. I know that your eyes are a sensitive area, and if you smother it in your normal face cream the thin skin just can't cope and the cream sits on top rather than sinking in. After finding this out a few months ago I've really tried to take care of my eyes and this cream has been at the forefront. I've only been using sample sizes as I had about three from various places but I'm definitely going to splurge on the full size when this runs out.

I've also started taking better care of my lips. I've really gotten into my lip products at the moment but found that the skin on my lips was quite dry and tended to flake quite often. That's where my Lush Lip Scrub in Mint Julips came to the rescue. This stuff is amazing, its made my lips feel super smooth and soft and my lipsticks look so much better because of it. They also stay on a lot longer and my lips feel a lot more moisturised. The pot is rather pricey, but a little goes a long way - and if anything its so fun eating the sugary excess left behind! Did I mention it also smells amazing!?

Lastly, we come to hair. I've always had quite coarse hair and although I've been trying out many different hair oils (some with great effect!) nothing can come close to how soft my hair feels after using the S-Factor Smoothing Lusterizer. I've been coupling it with the S-Factor Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner and my hair has never looked better. I use the Lusterizer sraight after I come out of the shower, focussing on the ends of my hair. I also use a tiny bit after I've styled and hairsprayed my hair just to give it that added smooth and sleekness. I do use it on days where I don't wash my hair, but I only use a tiny amount as I don't want to make my hair greasy in the process! It is amazing though and I love the way it makes my hair feel and look. It also smells of strawberries, so its win win!

So those are all my 'must-have' products at the moment - what are you loving at the moment?


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FOTN | Girl's Evening

10 Jul 2013

Last night I went out for dinner and drinks with two of my best friends, we haven't had a chance to go out just us girls in a while so I was really excited for a good catch up :) I thought I'd share with you my make-up look for the evening! Most of my make-up I'd put on in the morning before work, but I touched up when I got home and made it a bit more evening appropriate.

Products used were:

Rimmel Fix and Perfect Pro Primer 002 
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light 2
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 52
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer in Medium 52
Bourjois Felt Tip Liner in Noir
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara
Sleek Rose Gold Blush
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle 
Lush Lip Scrub in Mint Julips
MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Crosswires 

I really enjoyed wearing this look -  it feels quite casual but the lipstick gives it a little bit of impact. We had such a good night, sometimes all you need is your best girls around you. :) I hope you're all enjoying the lovely weather in the UK at the moment! I'm not sure if Google Reader's definitely given up the ghost yet or not, but please do follow me on Bloglovin' - I'd hate to lose any of you lovely people :)


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